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Overcoming Hurdles with Emma Watson

Actor, activist and UN Women’s Goodwill Ambassador, Emma Watson continues her fight to promote gender equality as part of the HeforShe solidarity campaign for the empowerment of women. SEEN wants to do our bit to help this excellent cause and are excited to announce that she has co-produced a two-minute film, very appropriately titled Hurdles, with the intention “to get you going” and take action.

Actor, activist and UN Women’s Goodwill Ambassador, Emma Watson continues her fight to promote gender equality as part of the HeforShe solidarity campaign for the empowerment of women. SEEN wants to do our bit to help this excellent cause and are excited to announce that she has co-produced a two-minute film, very appropriately titled Hurdles, with the intention “to get you going” and take action.

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Featuring images from the 80m Women’s Hurdles Finals at Tokyo’s 1964 Olympic Games, Emma reminds us that “women and girls have always faced hurdles, but that’s never stopped us.” From the first Olympics, where women were excluded, to today, many victories have been achieved to create equality of opportunity for women and men. It’s become a race for justice, to win the same rights.

In the film, Emma Watson narrates how, not too long ago, women were excluded from education, had no voice in political leadership, were not paid fairly for their jobs… the list goes on. Even if many of those fights have been won, such as the right to vote or the access to education and political leadership, there are still many hurdles on the way to equality.

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To allay any doubts that the fight needs to continue, the statistics she gives make us shiver: there are 15 million child brides every year, 63 million girls are still out of school, and one in three women still experience violence.
Her message is powerful and motivating: “the race is still on every day of every year of our lives,” and full of hope, too: “we will cross the finishing line. No one will stop us.”

Thank you, Emma Watson, for reminding us that the battle for gender equality is an ongoing process, world-wide, and that we all have our part to play.
Watch Hurdles here:

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Photograph by Carter Bowman